Ficino School Letter, Week 7, Term 2, 2018

A word from the Principal

On Thursday this week, all children were invited to share music making with their peers at what we call ‘Class Concerts’, where the children gathered in the two syndicates. First up were the senior classes, Years 5 to 8, followed by the junior classes, Years 1 to 4.  The Hall was filled all morning with the air of generous giving, the shortest performance being a twenty second piano piece and the longest including piano pieces from Bach, Beethoven and Mozart of eight to ten minutes.  Instruments played alongside the piano were the violin, cello, guitar and recorder.  Five students gave beautiful solo singing items and we also had a singing group of Year 6 girls accompanied by one of them playing the panpipes.

Over 70 children performed and I was impressed by their keenness, their steadiness and their courage.  The audience, numbering over 60 in each syndicate were superb and by their supportive listening, appreciation and attentiveness, enabled the performers to continue even when sometimes the fingers did not do what they were meant to be doing.  The children’s respect for each other was abundantly evident.

Thank you to all who participated.

On behalf of Mr Crompton who is at an Independent Schools’ Conference today,

Margaret Brickland
Deputy Principal


Class 6 class trip to Waitangi
Don’t forget Class 6 will be travelling to Waitangi on Wednesday 27 June, returning late on Thursday 28 June.


Class 4 Play – The Magicians Nephew
Class 4 will be presenting the play “The Magician’s Nephew” on Thursday 28 June.  The School Performance will be from 10.50 – 11.50am and a second family session will run from 3.45 to 4.45pm.  Families who are unable to attend the afternoon session are welcome to come in the morning.  We hope you will be able to join us.


Mufti Day
Don’t forget to give your children a gold coin donation for Mufti Day on Friday 29 June!  Supporting, make sure your children wear at least one blue item!


A Taste of Italy – Opera and Pasta evening fast approaching
Don’t miss out on tickets to this exclusive event!  Enjoy an aperitif, some stunning opera and a specially designed 3 course Italian meal, all at the amazing location at 268 West Tamaki Drive.  Spot prizes abound!

Tickets can be bought from reception at the Villa (limited tickets are available).  Eftpos and cash accepted.



Traffic Management
Ficino School would like to remind all parents and caregivers to observe the ‘No right turn’ rule when exiting the school gates on to Esplanade Road.

It is a particularly busy stretch of road, particularly around school pick up and drop off time.

We also ask that you do not use Puka Road to complete a U-turn as that has led to complaints from residents in the past.

Thank you for your cooperation.


Expression of Interest – Ficino School holiday programme
You were recently sent an email requesting your input into a Ficino School holiday programme.  Please don’t forget to voice your opinion as to whether you wish to have a programme running in the third week of the upcoming Ficino School holidays.


Your feedback is much appreciated for the planning phase we are currently in.  Responses should be in by Wednesday 27 June.


One Can, Two Can Appeal
Ficino School has choosen to support the Auckland City Mission’s appeal from Monday 25 June to Friday 29 June.  Please support this wonderful initiative by donating a can (or two) of food to this cause.


Ficino After School Care (FASC)
Please remember that all bookings for FASC need to be made through the school office either by email or by phone 6233385. If your child is booked in and no longer coming to after school care, please ring the office and cancel the booking.


Website Calendar
Please note the School Calendar of Events can be found on the website. There is also a permanent link to the calendar in this newsletter.